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How to Spend 2 Days in Arequipa

How to Spend 2 Days in Arequipa

Not only does Arequipa boast a historic center recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also considered the adventure capital of Peru. Two days in the White City gives you enough time to get your bearings in the Old Town and also venture farther afield to experience Colca Canyon (Cañón del Colca), one of Peru’s most impressive natural wonders. Here’s how. 

Day 1: Essential Arequipa

**Morning:**Devote your first morning to Arequipa’s main draw: its UNESCO-listed historic center, made largely of white volcanic sillar. Cobbled streets lend themselves well to walking tours, but if you’d rather cover more sights in less time, then opt for tour by minibus or hop-on hop-off bus. 

**Afternoon:**Spend the afternoon exploring farther afield. Escape the crowds of the Old Town on a countryside tour, which typically cover far-flung attractions such as Founder’s Mansion (La Mansión del Fundador), Sabandía Mill (Molino de Sabandía), and the Iron Bridge, designed by the architect responsible for the Eiffel Tower. 

**Evening:**Eat your fill of Peruvian classics this evening, during either a hands-on cooking class or a food tour. Tours typically reveal lesser-known dishes and showcase the historic center illuminated by night. 

Day 2: Discover Colca Canyon

**Morning:**Rise very early and dedicate day two to a Peruvian natural wonder: Colca Canyon. Travel three hours to the town of Chivay, gateway to the canyon; most tours include round-trip transport from Arequipa and breakfast in Chivay. Plunging down 13,650 feet (4,160 meters), Colca is one of the world’s deepest canyons—with a breadth of activities to match. If you’re looking for an adrenaline fix, choose to explore by hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, or rafting. Alternatively, for something less intense, choose a tour that includes a visit to the Mirador de la Cruz de Cóndor vista point, from which you may observe giant Andean condors, among the world’s largest flying birds. 

**Afternoon:**Continue your canyon exploration after lunch, which is included with most tours. You may visit canyon villages to peruse crafts and sample local specialties, stop at nearby thermal baths, or even go ziplining before returning to Arequipa, stopping at scenic overlooks along the way.

**Evening:**Given that Colca Canyon tours from Arequipa typically last upwards of 12 hours, you may want to make it an early night. If you’ve got the time, though, opt to stay overnight in Chivay, gateway not only to Colca Canyon but also the floating villages of Puno. Several overnight tours include accommodation in Chivay, where shops sell high-quality alpaca souvenirs. 

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Colca Canyon Excursion One Day

Colca Canyon Excursion One Day

Discover the dramatic beauty of the Colca Canyon on an exciting two-day tour from Arequipa. Explore a fascinating natural formation twice as deep as the Grand Canyon of the USA. With an experienced guide; Visit an intriguing wildlife reserve to find various species; and admire the beautiful colonial architecture of two highland towns. Walk on the base of a colossal volcano and admire the spectacular views of the impressive landscapes of Peru during this enriching experience. Transportation and two lunches are included in the price of the trip, however, accommodation must be purchased separately.
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  • 14 hours
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A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 5 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa

A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 5 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa

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We are the first foodie tour of Arequipa with experience guiding groups in Lima Peru. Our tour takes you to the most iconic restaurants of Arequipa to taste different plates while you also get to know the history of what you are eating. We tell you the story of Peru and Arequipa through its food and drinks. You get all this for a very affordable price, that includes all the food, 3 drinks and a dessert! We believe this to be a very good value for your money, as you will end the tour completely satisfied! After the tour, your guide will be happy to recommend chic and superb places to go enjoy some drinks, live music, or whatever tickles your fancy!
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  • 3 hours
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Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery

Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery

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Explore Arequipa's many historical sights and attractions on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. A knowedgable and expert guide will take you via air-conditioned coah to spectacular viewpoints like the Mirador de Yanahuara, and lead you through some of Arequipa's most exquisite colonial districts—including Yanaahuara and St Lazarus. Visit the Monastery of St Catherine, which was closed to the public for almost 400 hundreds years.
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2 Day - Colca Canyon and Condor Tour from Arequipa, Peru - Group Service

2 Day - Colca Canyon and Condor Tour from Arequipa, Peru - Group Service

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This 2-day tour to the Colca Canyon in Peru allows travelers to see the beauty of the canyon and the area's Andean condors without a lot of hiking. See volcanos and llamas during the drive between Arequipa and the town of Chivay. Take short walks around the Colca Valley to enjoy views of the canyon more than 9,800 feet below. Visit the area's famous condor lookout point for the chance to see condors in flight.
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City Tour of Arequipa

City Tour of Arequipa

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Explore the rich history and colonial architecture of Arequipa and its surrounding districts during this 4-hour city sightseeing tour. Get a first-hand look at Peru’s charming ‘White City’ as you tour the Cayma and Añashuayco areas, wander through the Antiquilla market, see Arequipa’s 'Plaza de Armas,' and much more.
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Peruvian Cooking Experience in Arequipa

Peruvian Cooking Experience in Arequipa

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Peruvian cooking is famous around the world, so learn the secrets behind popular dishes like ‘lomo saltado,’ ceviche, and potato pie with a hands-on cooking lesson in Arequipa. Choose from three different menus, and then get cooking as an instructor helps you prepare a multi-course meal featuring fresh ingredients and authentic methods. Learn to shake up a tasty pisco sour with a cocktail add-on, and take a taste of Peru back home when recipes are sent to your inbox.
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Private Arequipa Walking City Tour - All included

Private Arequipa Walking City Tour - All included

Explore the ‘White City’ of Arequipa on a private 3-hour walking tour. Learn about the rich history of the city and its beautiful architecture from your informative guide. Visit famous landmarks such as the Santa Catalina Monastery, the house of Tristan del Pozo, and the Plaza de Armas with the impressive ‘El Misti’ volcano serving as your backdrop for the day.
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  • 3 hours
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Afternoon: Arequipa Panoramic bus with entrances

Afternoon: Arequipa Panoramic bus with entrances

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If you’re visiting Arequipa for the first time, orient yourself in the historic city with ease during a tour by panoramic bus. You’ll skip the hassle of navigation as a driver transports you between landmarks and will enjoy unobstructed views from the top deck of the bus. Plus, the short duration of this tour makes it ideal for travelers on a time budget, while included admission tickets make this the obvious choice for visitors on a budget.
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Small-Group Arequipa Countryside Tour Including La Mansion del Fundador -Mirabus

Small-Group Arequipa Countryside Tour Including La Mansion del Fundador -Mirabus

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Get a sense for the rich history and stunning scenery near Arequipa during this 4-hour, small-group, excursion. Travel with a guide and no more than 15 other guests, discovering the stunning landscape of the Chilina Valley and the towering Misti volcano in the distance. You’ll tour the 18th-century stone mill of Sabandia and visit the La Mansion del Fundador, one of the most iconic mansions in the region, before ending your day at the ‘Iron Bridge,’ designed by famed architect Gustave Eiffel. Benefit from a guide and round-trip transport (including hotel pickup, but not hotel drop-off) too.
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Private 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa to Puno

Private 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa to Puno

Enjoy Peru’s amazing scenery and fascinating wildlife during this private overnight trip from Arequipa to Puno with a stay in a luxury lodge. Travel by private van to Yanque through the stunning landscape of the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, spotting wildlife like alpacas, flamingoes and ibises, along with nearby volcanoes. Continue the next day through the Colca Canyon, stopping to admire giant Andean Condors at the Mirador Cruz del Condor before heading to Puno in the afternoon.
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  • 2 days
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Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market *Whatsapp for more información

Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market *Whatsapp for more información

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We care a lot about how you feel, have fun and really know the wonders that Arequipa and Peru have, our desire to take the best possible experience and we take care of that every day, with each group and with each experience carried out, Do your best and even more than what is normally included in the tour. We try to adapt both the MENU and the EXPERIENCE so that 100% of the attendees enjoy it
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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